Anna Akhmatova

(23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966 / Odessa)

Celebrate

Poem by Anna Akhmatova

Celebrate our anniversary – can’t you see
tonight the snowy night of our first winter
comes back again in every road and tree -
that winter night of diamantine splendour.

Steam is pouring out of yellow stables,
the Moika river’s sinking under snow,
the moonlight’s misted as it is in fables,
and where we are heading – I don’t know.

There are icebergs on the Marsovo Pole.
The Lebyazh’ya’s crazed with crystal art.....
Whose soul can compare with my soul,
if joy and fear are in my heart? -

And if your voice, a marvellous bird’s,
quivers at my shoulder, in the night,
and the snow shines with a silver light,
warmed by a sudden ray, by your words?


Comments about Celebrate by Anna Akhmatova

  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/31/2020 5:11:00 AM)

    CELEBRATE! I oft admired her poems, powerful but loveliest worded and she was one of the few who stayed in Russia and not ran away for the regime. Brave poetess, true poetess in heart and soul. Congratulations for being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day. I have enjoyed endlessly this great classic.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (3/30/2020 3:15:00 PM)

    Good old Anna one of her best always with shades of Parker and Rosetti.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/30/2020 2:07:00 AM)

    And if your voice, a marvellous bird’s,
    quivers at my shoulder, in the night,
    and the snow shines with a silver light,
    warmed by a sudden ray, by your words? a very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/30/2019 10:59:00 PM)

    beautiful writings-
    There are icebergs on the Marsovo Pole.
    The Lebyazh’ya’s crazed with crystal art.....
    Whose soul can compare with my soul, .../// so beautiful poetic expression(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/30/2019 11:54:00 AM)

    This is poetry. Loving, kind and tender. A wonderful poem shared by the talented poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (3/30/2019 11:12:00 AM)

    A nice poem with a beautiful flow. Loved it.
    'And if your voice, a marvellous bird’s,
    quivers at my shoulder, in the night,
    and the snow shines with a silver light,
    warmed by a sudden ray, by your words? '..is such a nice stanza. Thanks for sharing.10++++(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (3/30/2019 10:56:00 AM)

    Thirst in winter for love has beautifully been put into poetic marvel(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/30/2019 8:37:00 AM)

    A marvelous poem, rich with rhyme, rhythm and enchanting melody. A pleasure to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/30/2019 3:11:00 AM)

    And if your voice, a marvellous bird’s,
    quivers at my shoulder, in the night,
    and the snow shines with a silver light,
    warmed by a sudden ray, by your words? .....touching expression. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Paresh ChakraParesh Chakra (12/12/2018 4:35:00 AM)

    Celebrate is a very gorgeous poem(Report)Reply

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (10/20/2017 12:04:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. Can't help wondering why she altered her rhyme pattern in the last stanza.
    Someone gave Olympic champion pairs figure skater Gordeeva a book of Akhmatova poetry when she was in America, and it made her homesick for Russia!(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (10/19/2017 10:18:00 PM)

    Recalling and portraying that cold winter wedding night is just outstanding.
    Looks like an anniversary gift for the occasion. Thanks. I quote:
    that winter night of diamantine splendour.
    and where we are heading – I don’t know.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (10/19/2017 6:47:00 PM)

    Totally filled line by line word by word with unadulterated beauty. I want to read more by this poet(Report)Reply

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  • Ravi Kopra (10/19/2017 3:55:00 PM)

    That's how the first stanza will appear in literal Chinese:

    do joy each year - no see
    night snow first winter
    every road tree
    night stars sky(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/19/2017 12:07:00 PM)

    That winter night! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ravi Kopra (10/19/2017 10:34:00 AM)

    The first stanza inspired me to write the following poem:

    https: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/celebrate-our-diwali/(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (10/19/2017 8:17:00 AM)

    Beautiful poetry. The rhythm and flow simply amazing. Enjoyed thoroughly.(Report)Reply

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  • Jette Blackstone (10/19/2017 8:17:00 AM)

    She is one of my favorite poets. This particular poem is much more upbeat than much of her other poetry. Very romantic and happy.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003



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